Welcome to the Christian Fiction Scavenger Hunt!
If you’ve just discovered the hunt, be sure to start at Stop #1, and collect the clues through all the stops, in order, so you can enter to win one of our top 5 grand prizes!
• The hunt BEGINS on 10/15 at noon MST with Stop #1 at LisaTawnBergren.com.
• Hunt through our loop using Chrome or Firefox as your browser (not Explorer).
• There is NO RUSH to complete the hunt—you have all weekend (until Sunday, 10/18 at midnight MST)! So take your time, reading the unique posts along the way; our hope is that you discover new authors/new books and learn new things about them.
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I’m Pepper Basham and I LOVE romance! I write historical and contemporary romance with humor, faith, and, usually, my native Blue Ridge Mountains. So, yep, I’m an Appalachian girl at heart and storytelling is a big part of my culture. You can learn more about me on this site at www.pepperdbasham.com OR connect with me on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, and/or Pinterest.
If you happen to like a good story – and one set in the Blue Ridge Mountains- my newest just came out this month. The Red Ribbon is a true crime historical romantic suspense novel that brings in some moonshinin’, gun slingin’, and a kiss that led to the Hillsville Courthouse Massacre of 1912.
AND…the hero in this story is likely one of your romantic betas, which is why I’m going to chat about beta heroes today!
In Defense of the Modern Romantic Beta Hero…
If you’ve read at least 10 romance stories, then there’s a good chance you’ve met an Alpha Romantic hero 8 out of 10 times, at LEAST. Alpha heroes are the popular types in most romance stories, regardless of genre. Sometimes, you can even tell from the cover of the book! If the novel involves werewolves, vampires, or high-class businessmen, there’s a 99.9% chance, that hero is an alpha. I’ll have a post coming up on modern romantic alpha heroes, but today, it’s all about those romantic betas.
What is a modern romantic beta hero then? I often think of the alpha as the hunky daydream and the beta as the guy you’d actually want your daughter to marry. That’s not to say beta heroes can’t be hunky or alphas are not marriageable.
Unfortunately, betas get a bad rap because—compared to the alpha—they can be misconstrued as weak. It’s just that their gentler approach to women, relationships, and life don’t stand out, initially, as much as the alpha’s personality does.
Here are a few romantic beta characteristics:
- His superpower is his relational awareness and abilities, usually.
- He may have a tough backstory, but he’s either learned to work through it or cope with it through humor or deference.
- Quieter strength
- Can be just as interesting as an alpha when he enters a room, but he’ll likely cover the attention with humor, a story, conversation, or attention shifting.
- Competent in his world
- He is more likely to attempt to persuade or convince than demand.
- His actions are usually less forceful and more communicative, unless provoked.
- He can be as protective as the best alpha, when feels like the people he loves are being threatened.
- Instead of being physically aggressive or confrontational, he is more likely to work behind the scenes to get what he wants.
- And though a beta may not have as pronounced a character arc as an alpha, because he’s human and flawed he still has great potential for growth.
- He is more likely to use his brain/emotions to solve problems rather than brawn/power.
- He usually has more emotional intelligence about himself and others, even though he can be a numbskull with the best of them when it comes to relationships too (again…human).
- A beta has long term potential that involves more than just fights and heated nights of passion (though he is just as capable of having both of those as an alpha.)
The best betas have a little bit of alpha in them.
Of course, the very best heroes are likely a blend of alpha and beta. Not sure what to call them? Alta? Belpha? Or…just perfect? 🙂
Ultimately, when we write romantic heroes, the hero needs to fit his heroine AND the story. An alpha romantic hero will fit certain stories/heroines better than a beta and visa versa. It’s as important as the right girl for the glass slipper 🙂
Do you have any favorite romantic beta heroes you’ve read?
***ALSO, if you want to try out one of my books (with one of my FAVORITE beta heroes in it), my contemporary novella, Jane By the Book is FREE today on kindle!!!!***
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